Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
Trip End Nov 19, 2010

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

After spending the night in Bastrop, TX, we drove to Lake Brownwood, TX to visit Shirley's Mom and family.  Since we had extended our planned stays in Yulee/Jacksonville due to a mechanical problem and in Spring, TX to hook up with Steve and Cindy, we decided that we would drop our anchor for a few days in the neighbor's yard next door to Shirley's Mom.  The first evening we decided we needed a fried catfish fix, so we and Mom jumped into the PT, met up with Kathy and Dennis (Shirley's sister and brother-in-law), and drove to Cooks outside Rising Star, TX for their all you can eat buffet.  After stuffing ourselves and spending time to get caught up, we drove back to the Lake and hit the sack. 

The next day, Kathy and Dennis dropped by and helped us rake leaves - I sure don't miss having to do that chore any more.  After burning some chops on the grill, Dennis and I watched football while the girls continued to get caught up on everything.  There is a trait in the Hale/Brightwell women that they can all talk at once, yet everyone of them can hear everything that is being said. 

The rest of the week was spent raking and picking up leaves, and going into town to visit Wally World. 

On Wednesday, Shirley and Mom spent the day preping food for Thanksgiving.  Later that day, Kay (Shirley's sister) drove in from Abilene, TX and her two daughters, sons-in-law, and grandkids arrived.  Dennis, Kathy and their daughter and grandkids also dropped by.  You can imagine the energy!  On a sad note, Jack (Shirley's brother-in-law) called to say that Vickie had severe abdominal pains and had been admitted to the hospital.  Consequently, they were not able to make it for Thanksgiving.  We learned later that the surgery went well and she was released later that weekend. 

The days leading up to Thanksgiving had been unseasonably warm; however, it was cold, windy and cloudy Thanksgiving day.  In spite of the weather, we had a great day of food, sharing time with family, and watching a game or two on the TV. 

It was decided a couple of years ago that instead of having the traditional Thanksging fare of turkey/ham and all of the trimings, that everyone would bring a mexican food dish to share.  While it may sound rather strange, we still had a great time and ate way too much! 

We got up early to leave since we were planning on driving to Van Horn, TX.  I only needed to unhook the power cord, raise the jacks and stow the leveling pads, but when I pushed the button to raise the jacks, the passenger rear jack would not come up all the way.  I tried several times with no luck - including following the steps I had tried when we had a problem in Florida.  After calling Coach-Net, I was able to talk to a tech who helped me get the system to reset, and to get the jack to raise.  Needless to say, we did not use the jacks for the rest of the trip.  After all of that we were able to depart around 9 am about two hours after we had planned to leave.

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